The Challenges of Job Search in Deaf Individuals

Let that picture soak in for a bit.

It’s a true story for all of us with hearing loss. A sad one too. That’s why it’s best to wait to reveal your disability at the job interview. Many employers will regard your disability as weakness. You’re not able to communicate quickly as a hearing person does. You’re seen as incapable and incompetent. So on and so forth.

I can’t hear the phone. Upon emailing a prospective employer, I once revealed a text reply request on my resume and I quote unquote “Unfortunately, you are not the right fit for the position at this time. I do recommend removing, “Text only please” from your resume, as this may turn off prospective employers.”

No shit. I think about situations like this all the time. I overthink a lot of things. “What if she emailed me back and asked me why first?” “What did she really think about the reason I have that imprinted on my resume?” “Should I have not put a phone number on it then?” It drove me crazy to tears. Being the person with the positive outlook on life, I had to brush it off because it’s really their loss.

Even when I stayed positive, it stung a shit ton. It will make you bitter. It made me think horribly of people. Do yourself a favor, crawl in bed, cry your heart out for a bit then wipe those tears off your face and remind yourself that you’re a better person than this.

When you go to an interview and reveal your hearing loss, you should expect them to make accommodations for an interpreter, not MAKE YOU get one yourself. If they do, it’s discrimination and you have all rights to go to the American Disability Act, file a complaint, and the U.S. Equal Employer Opportunity Commission Act will come after them.

I did not need an interpreter, but I did explain the needs I have. I tell them I’m deaf, I can’t hear on the phone, I will struggle with co-workers wearing a mask, requested they don’t walk away and talk at the same time, etc. All of my interviews, they hesitated but I’m a person of honor and do the best I can at my jobs with the best intent possible.

Kill them with kindness. If you feel discriminated, report it. If you’re uncomfortable, walk away. Don’t fear putting disability on the forefront. It doesn’t define you. It’s them who defines you and don’t let them make you small.

Favorite Breweries and Wineries in Loco

I moved here not expecting to be living in the wine county of Virginia. LoCo is short for Loudoun County among locals around here. Loudoun County is quite possibly the next Napa Valley. There’s over 40 wineries and I’ve lost count on the breweries. I’ve been here for 7 years and still have not been to every single one. These days, it is so popular that many couples get married and dance the night away at their favorite wineries and breweries. We did the same almost 6 years ago. There is always something new to discover. They always brew something new to add to their wine/beer list. They all have the most picturesque locations. There’s almost always a band playing or music to show off your dance moves. No beer or wine are the same. Lastly, it’s always a good time with friends and family here. (Side note: Brews in Bold/Italics are gluten-free friendly!)


Vanish Farmwoods – We moved to the Lucketts area about a couple years ago. We heard music one night and found out a brewery is right in our backyard! Now, they’ve grown a lot over the years, creating more delicious brews and Sunday yoga. That’s right. Yoga on Sunday with a free beer. Nameste!

Wild Hare Cider – We discovered this place driving home from Bluemont Winery one year and decided to stop in. Now I LOVE a good cider. They make several delicious ciders. Not too sweet, just right. Did I also mention they relocated to downtown Leesburg? Both hands up, yas!

Dirt Farm – We came across this gem of a brewery after leaving Bluemont Vineyard. Same great view as the vineyard, right next door and has such awesome brews. My personal favorite is their cherry ale ‘Tart 31’.

Quattro Goombas Brewery – We went wine tasting at their winery and found out that they had a brewery on site. We hopped over, tried their beer flights and had the most amazing pizza ever. Literally, the cutest square-cut, Sicilian style, fluffiest but crispy bottom, yet so freshly made, yummiest thing at a brewery. I know I’m talking about food. Go get it with their delicious beer.

Corcoran Cidery-  I couldn’t believe there was a cidery 10 minutes from my house. I love cider. Especially, in the fall. Don’t forget  I recently found out I’m sensitive to gluten. So, this is my go to place for gluten-free beer! This place is also a winery for those who favor wine.

Belly Love Brewery This place is such a cute gem. Nestled behind shopping centers in Purcellville. When you walk inside, it’s like another dimension. Awesome designs, it makes me want their interior decorator. About their beer? All my gluten sensitive friends! They make their beer gluten reduced! If you can handle a 6-pack of Omission, you will do just fine there. Not to mention, they taste like the real thing!

Old 690– One word. Popcorn. All you can eat. Also, fire pits and great brews. Especially their IPA’s. Nuff said.

Winery 32-I enjoy a glass of wine each night for it’s health benefits. The other glasses are for my witty comebacks and flawless dance moves.


Stone Tower Winery– We would keep driving by and wonder about this place. A friend kept telling us to go check it out. It had good reviews. I first went with a few of my girlfriends from hygiene school. Man, it did not disappoint. Beautiful, stunning views. Delicious tasting wine that I bought home a bottle and told my husband that we have to go. We’ve been coming here ever since.

Stone Tower Winery

Creek’s Edge Winery– We had this map and it shows you all the wineries in Loudoun County. This place was further up north past our house. We hardly ever go out that way so we went one day and it really is on the creek’s edge! If you walk inside, one of their room has such a really cool unique silo that has a stair wrapped around from bottom to top. It’s even printed on one of their bottles. Too cool.

Bluemont Vineyard – Once upon a time, we went venue shopping, fell in love, and got married here. True story. Virginia is definitely for lovers and wine lovers will adore this view. Taste a few wine, buy a bottle, grab a snack, go sit at a table outside and look out where you will see the Washington Monument on a crystal clear day. Just like the day we got married.

Bluemont Vineyard

Winery 32– My mother and her best friend came to town and I showed them around. We came upon this place after lunch at Roots. It’s literally almost 32 acres of paradise. Hence how they got their name. They only opened in 2014 and known for their Chambourcin.

Sunset Hills Vineyard – This place is another favorite with the best views of the sunset and also great wines. But their view….breathtaking. Sit back with a glass of your favorite Sunset Hills wine and watch the sun go down.

Chrysalis Wine– This place has an amazing building overlooking the vineyard. The cutest pergola on the patio. It seems very industrial-like with the tin roof which I adore. Beware, they have many delicious wines!

Boxwood Estate Winery– I had never heard of this place until my brother who was visiting wanted to try it. Boxwood? Who? It was winter time and sitting outside with wine is out of the question. We checked it out. If you took a step in their cellar, oh man, that is some cellar they have. It’s gorgeous. Their wine is pretty decent too. Props to my brother.

This about wraps up on my favorite places to ‘Prost’ with friends and families. Many of them are kids and dogs friendly. Just be sure to check their website before visiting. Virginia brews and wine are something here. If you ever find yourself traveling south or in that case, north in search of great hops and grapes, you won’t be sorry at one of these locations!

Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake

Happy Fall ya’ll!

It’s that time of the year. Pumpkin spice everything right? Can’t go wrong with that.

I love pancakes on Sundays. This morning I had a gluten-free pumpkin pancake. Drizzled with Trader Joe’s Organic Vermont Maple Syrup, Bourbon Barrel Aged.


Divine. So I decided to whip up some single serve mug cake later for a football treat. It’s so filling you can make one mug for two!

Hashtag Pumpkin Spice Heaven. It is so good. I made it with the maple syrup I had for breakfast instead of the usual sugar. It is also gluten-free! Vegans, see note below. 🙂

Here’s what you’ll need.


4 tbsp coconut flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

pinch of salt

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1 large egg

1 tbsp pumpkin puree

3 tbsp almond milk

1 tbsp Trader Joe’s Organic Vermont Maple Syrup or any kind you have on hand is fine


Mix all dry ingredients together in 12 oz mug. Stir in milk, pumpkin puree, vanilla and syrup. Mix well and don’t forget about the bottom so there’s no dry crumbs. Heat in microwave for 1 minute on high or until toothpick comes out dry. Serve it plain or top with whipped cream of your choice!



Vegan –> just omit the egg and replace it with a vegan gelatin or omit it completely. It will have a different texture but taste just as amazing!

Nutrition: 1 serving, 266 calories, 9 g Fat, 33 g Carbs, 10 g Protein